To the editors:

Since the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has stopped funding to Professor Peter Duesberg of the University of California, Berkeley, as stated in the Reader of October 4, 1991, I am withdrawing from the MACS study of sexually active Gay men.

I applaud Duesberg’s challenge to the notion that HIV causes AIDS. To quote the Reader article: “Even in people dying from AIDS, HIV is actively present in such minute quantities (1 out of every 10,000 T-helper cells) that it would appear impossible for it to devastate their entire immune systems.”

Other assertions by Duesberg: the absence of HIV in some persons with Kaposi’s sarcoma; the effect of illicit drugs on the immune system, etc, merit deep and respectful exploration, not the boycotting and hysterical rejection seen from the medical establishment.

Conventional AIDS treatment, based on the notion of HIV-as-culprit, has not proven curative.

AZT, the “drug of choice,” devastates the bone marrow which is an essential of the immune system.

It is a medical and moral crime to deny fair hearing to expert alternative opinion such as Duesberg’s.

Barry Frauman

N. Dearborn